'Expropriation without pay not ANC policy'

The ANC’s Gwede Mantashe said expropriation without compensation is not ANC policy.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe fields questions from the media in Johannesburg on Monday, 21 May 2012 following the party's National Executive Committee meeting at the weekend. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe on Wednesday declined to comment on Youth League deputy president Ronald Lamola's stance on the expropriation of land without compensation.

Civil rights group AfriForum and the Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa (Tau) said they will lay hate speech charges against Lamola.

This after Lamola warned of Zimbabwe-style land invasions if white South Africans do not hand over their land to poor blacks.

Earlier on Wednesday, Mantashe headed talks between the ANC and the farming community in Morningside, north of Johannesburg.

He said land reform was not on the agenda for that meeting.

Mantashe did however reiterate that expropriation without compensation is not ANC policy.

Wednesday's meeting focused on strengthening relations between the party and stakeholders in the farming community.